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Unknown Organism seem on Washed Hand Print

Unknown organism, possible yeast or Bacillus, seen on a hand print after hand washing. TSA plate was grown at 37 C for 24 hours then left at refrigerated temps for 4 weeks. Organism was light yellow and mucoid . There are numerous rings of growth (looks like layers of rope) with lobate margins.... Read More

Unknown Organism Washed Hand

Unknown organism, possible yeast, seen on a hand print after hand washing. TSA plate was grown at 37 C for 24 hours then left at refrigerated temps for 4 weeks. Organism was light yellow, mat in the center and mucoid towards the outside. There are several rings of growth with each ring havin... Read More

My first isolation in NBA plate for bacteria from strawberry fruit

this was my first time isolated bacterial plate from strawberry fruit harvested from the field of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU),Bangladesh. My love at first sight for bacteria. Read More

The Nature of Death

The Nature of Death explores the possibilities of life being created through death. With the growth of similar looking bacteria in my samples, I am able to exhibit that life grows post-mortem and allows beautiful nature to coalesce around it. Having taken samples of gravestones of a U.S. World W... Read More

Scarlet fever making a comeback

An international study led by University of Queensland (UQ) researchers has tracked the re-emergence of a childhood disease which had largely disappeared over the past 100 years. Read More


A newly discovered virus is the reason why some piglets shake so uncontrollably that they aren’t able to nurse. Read More

Rolling Candida (sticks its tongue out)

Close up of a greenish colony of Candida albicans engulfing another purple colony, presumably a Candida albicans that has been switched its phenotype by changing the morphology of the colony. Taken with a Nikon stereomicroscope. Read More

Tug of war among bacteria

At the University of Cologne, biophysicists in the lab of Professor Berenike Maier were now able to show how differential mechanical forces can lead to cell sorting in biofilms, thereby determining their architecture. In their publication in the journal eLife, the team headed by the biophysicist... Read More

A Phage-o-Lantern for a Microbial Hallowe'en?

I would like to see a Twitter hash tag for microbiologically themed Jack-o-Lanterns for Hallowe'en!

In my Microbiology course here at the University of Puget Sound, my student Ruth created this bacteriophage inspired pumpkin art.

#HappyMicrobialHalloween, everyone! Read More

Happy #MicrobialHalloween From My #Bio350 Students (Plus Some Happy #ParasiticHalloween Wishes)!

I enjoy mixing Hallowe'en with my classes. In this blog post, I show how my microbiology students do exactly that, with humor and style. In addition, my freshman writing students do the same with their course on symbioses and parasitism. Enjoy...and #HappyMicrobialHalloween! Read More

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy some spooky microbes this halloween! Candida parasilopsis ghost on SAB agar, and Salmonella species spiderwebs in HE and XLD agars. Follow me on instagram @stylish_streaking for more fun cultures and educational microbiology and mycology posts! Read More

Scientists Urge National Initiative on Microbiomes

Scores of leading scientists on Wednesday urged the creation of a major initiative to better understand the microbial communities critical to both human health and every ecosystem. Read More

Pumpkin Spice Agar

Happy Halloween!! This is an LB plate supplemented with Congo Red (to give the plate an orange hue) and X-gal, which is cleaved by this E. coli into a dark blue color. Read More

Bulgarian folk motive

Traditional Bulgarian embroidery is characterized by great regional and local diversity. Embroidery ornamentation are much of the specificity and uniqueness of Bulgarian costumes. It is typical of all areas in the country. The high artistic value of the designs is largely due to the skilful sele... Read More

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Intestinal worms 'talk' to gut bacteria to boost immune system

EPFL researchers have discovered how intestinal worm infections cross-talk with gut bacteria to help the immune system. Read More

Interrupting the transmission cycle: A protein required for dengue virus infection of mosquitoes

There is currently no approved specific treatment or vaccine for dengue fever, and an estimated 2 billion people are at risk for being bitten by Aedes mosquitoes and infected with the dengue virus (DENV). A study published on October 22nd in PLOS Pathogens introduces a candidate target for a tra... Read More

Flying Micrococcus unicorn

Unicorn drawn on TSA with Micrococcus luteus and M. lylae. The flowing pink mane is Roseomonas gilardii. #ASM #AgarArt Read More

After Hand Washing

This organism seems to be showing up after students wash with soap and water. Organism seen on finger tip grown on TSA 37 degree's C for 48 hrs then refrigerated temp for several weeks. Organism was a pale yellow with raised rhizoid growth in the center some of it matt and some mucoid, edges w... Read More

Interesting Colonoy Morphology/Formation

Hand print done on a large TSA plate after using hand sanitizer, this was the only colony seen. Large cream/white matt colony covering the majority of the plate. The center of the colony was solid with speckled growth/offshoots at the edges, possible Bacillus spp. Read More
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